Episode 237: A Crash Course in Editing Part II

Show Notes

Vicky and Joe go all-out for Halloween this year, with an episode that has absolutely nothing to do with spookiness at all. Although you do get to hear the word xenotransplant, which sounds pretty Frankensteiny. Speaking of cutting things up and improving them, that's what this episode is all about: how to copy edit your own manuscript. This week's nattering is packed with tips to help you take your draft from good to splendid. Happy editing!


Key Points

  • [6:00] Vicky and Joe have new windows!
  • [8:05] What is the difference between copyediting and proofreading?
  • [12:00] Search for words you tend to use a lot and see if you can rewrite it in a different way.
  • [12:30] Get rid of your exclamation marks!!!!!!!
  • [13:30] Make an effort to use simpler words.
  • [17:30] Get rid of needless words.
  • [21:15] Ditch words like ‘very’, and other boring words.
  • [23:30] Leverage your metrics more effectively by being specific.
  • [27:20] Tip you might want to try: Read your book backwards. Vicky doesn’t have the patience to do this, though.
  • [30:35] Vicky and Joe read your reviews!

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